What is AP Tests?
AP stands for Advanced Placement. AP courses are called as college-level AP courses. High-school students can have a head start and explore more knowledge otherwise remain unexplored in high school. In addition, through AP tests, students have the opportunity to earn credit or advance standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities.
Why Take AP Tests?
You can learn more in high school and have an opportunity to have a head start and standing out, which help your college admission process, in the same time you can explore a variety of knowledge and find out your interest, which may lead to the student’s future path.
In addition, if you can get your AP score more than 3 points, you may receive college credit, which helps you save money for attending college.
AP programs have 37 courses and exams across 22 subject areas, while a student home high school may only offer some of them. If the student is interested in enrolling in an AP course, please talk to an AP teacher or the AP Coordinator about the course the student is interested in.
If the student’s school offers AP, contact the AP Coordinator to register for the exams. Usually the AP Coordinator will order the necessary materials, collect registration fees, and let the students know when and where to appear for the exams.
Guidelines for AP Tests
The AP Exam does not require a student to take an AP course before taking an AP Exam. An exam can be repeated in a subsequent year. In such cases, both grades will be reported unless the student request that one be withheld or canceled.
AP Grade Reports are sent in July to the college or university the student designated on his or her answer sheet, to the student, and to his or her high school. Each report is cumulative and includes grades for all the AP Exams taken, unless the student have requested that one or more grades be withheld from a college or canceled. Visit AP Grade Reporting Services.
FAQs on AP Tests
1. Can you take the AP Examination if you have not taken an AP course?
Yes. Because most of the high schools only offer some of the AP courses, if you have studied well and prepared well, you can take the AP test and may get good grade.
2. If you do not get a good grade on an AP test, will it hurt your chances for college admission?
It is believed that if the AP test taker receives AP grades of at least 3 should be fine.
3. How many times can you repeat an AP Test?
Since AP tests are offered once a year in May. A student only can take it when it is offered. A student’s grade report will include all grades for all the AP Exams taken unless canceled or withheld.
4. How much time does an AP Test take?
Most of the AP tests take two to three hours.
5. Should you guess at AP Tests?
Because the AP test has penalty for wrong answers, however, if you have some knowledge of the question and can eliminate one or more answer choices, guessing from among the remaining choices is usually to take the advantage of it.
6. What to bring on the AP Test day?
• Several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers for multiple-choice answer sheets
• Black or dark-blue ballpoint pens for free-response questions
• School code, may get on site if at home school
• A watch
• Social security number
• An AP-authorized calculator for taking an AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam
• A ruler for taking an AP Physics Exam.
• A photo I.D.
7. When will you find out if you are eligible for an AP Scholar Award?
If you are an AP Scholar Award recipient, your school will be notified in the fall after the May administration. After that time, grade transcripts that you request to be sent to colleges will include the scholar designation.
Take challenging AP classes and prepare AP tests well. You will learn and explore more interesting topics and enhance your college applications!